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On the immediate effects of a small, short term black hole

What immediate effects would a small, short-term black hole have if it appeared in a residential backyard? How small or short-lived would it have to be to be survivable, if it is survivable at all? ...
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What should architecture of an Imperial capital be like in order to accommodate differing people of differing sizes?

Basing off my previous question, in what way should the architecture be like in order to accommodate the many sizes of people and animal-people, assuming that the smallest could be as small as a few ...
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What software is available for map creation?

I'm looking for recommendations for software to build my world, physically. I want to be able to create maps of the entire world and then drill down to individual areas and define the towns and ...
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What happens to an empty, modern city?

Suppose you have a modern city in a temperate climate zone that empties. No people, or hardly anyone left, certainly not enough to keep all the infrastructure going. Our city is not Rotterdam (below ...
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Designing cities inside a hollowed-out asteroids

When I was a kid, I read an essay by Asimov describing an inside-out asteroid: (summary from Wikipedia) The Bubbleworld or Inside/Outside concept was originated by Dandridge M. Cole in 1964. The ...
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What is the sack-to-ship ratio?

In the world I'm building, the day lasts 9 of their years. This means that they are almost always on the move, living in blimp-like cities and houses. I've been designing these and I am having trouble ...
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In a medieval setting, how far apart should towns be?

This is a medieval European (fantasy) setting, with the following (highly tentative) parameters: Each town is vaguely autonomous, and have their own municipal government system. Towns do trade with ...
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How can I ensure my cities don't all look the same?

I'm trying to create more opportunities for roleplay in a setting where most civilized cities are along the coastline of a "new world." Most cities are fortress cities on the frontier that serves to ...
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Just how unrealistic is a hovering city?

In my last question, we had some disagreement in the comments about the reality of a hovering city. However, that question wasn't about that. This one is. My civilization are building a giant ...
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Urban Planning in 3-Dimensions

So we have both flying cars and jetpacks. Presuming they each act like their counterparts (cars go as fast as cars, but in three dimensions; jetpacks are like cyclists), and that they are becoming ...
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How would an avian city be different from ours?

Imagine a city where the primary population is an avian race. Well assume for the sake of argument that these birdlike creatures have "hands" as well as wings which allows them to develop and use at ...
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What would the fortifications of an underwater city look like?

Merpeople, along with other similar underwater humanoids, are often depicted as living in great cities beneath the waves. These cities have many positive things going for them: plenty of real-estate, ...
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How would cities be designed that were threatened by dragons?

The dragons aren't all that common but they live in the nearby mountains and after a harsh winter are more likely to come looking for easy prey to fatten back up on. What are the major design ...
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A city to last ten million years: Construction

In the future, a high-tech human civilization has colonised a distant planet. The planet is basically Earthlike in gravity, climate, terrain and vegetation. They want to build Forevertown: A city with ...
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What's the most logical shape for my city in space (space station)?

Science fiction shows us two common shapes for large space stations, rings and tubes: Deep Space 9 (image source): Similarly, 2001: A Space Odyssey (image source). On the other hand, we have ...
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Is the location of major cities deterministic?

Let's take a look at the major cities of the world: Alpha++ London New York Alpha+ Tokyo Hong Kong Singapore Shanghai Sydney Dubai Beijing Paris I'll point out features for a few of these ...
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Space wizards city : Is it sustainable?

Context Six thousand years ago, magic users from Earth managed to create a portal between Earth and another planet, far far away. This planet is Earth-like but developed no life forms whatsoever. ...
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Would it be possible for a city floating on water to exist?

Is there any way that a town or city could exist that has interconnecting houses floating on a body of water? I once read in a novel about a small village like that in a swamp, and was wondering if a ...
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Could a Megacity be a Penal Colony?

This question is inspired by a premise from the video game Batman: Arkham City, in which a portion of Gotham City has been closed down by the public to be reserved for prisoners from such places as ...
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How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-planet be affected?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? Why would a completely urbanized city-planet exist? The properties ...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-planet be affected? Why would a completely urbanized city-planet ...
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Why would a complete urbanized city-planet exist?

Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained? How would the global environment of a completely urbanized city-...
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How would a completely urbanized city-planet be maintained?

Based off of this deleted question: Why and how would a completely urbanized city-planet exist? Related: How would a completely urbanized city-planet support its population? How would the global ...
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How do I drug a population in the most efficient way?

I want a whole city to be on drugs secretly, so they don´t know they are drugged by their government. The city is about 2 billion people and roughly structured like a Makropole from the Warhammer ...
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What effects would a change in the nature of human sexuality have on society and infrastructure

Consider a group of humans at a bronze-age to early iron-age technological level colonizing a new earthlike planet. There is just one difference - there exists on the planet something which changes ...
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How does one design a city meant for creatures of greatly varying sizes? [duplicate]

More specifically, given that you have to accommodate creatures that can be anything between 2 and 21 feet tall, and you want all these creatures to have accommodations such as inns or houses, and ...
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So we've survived the apocalypse. What's next?

The year is 2032. The location, rural midwest North America. A decade ago, a plague wiped out almost every living human. There weren't even enough survivors to bury the dead. Secondary plagues rose ...
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How to quarantine a major city?

We have an outbreak of a zombie-like disease in major metropolitan areas. The disease itself has a slow incubation period, and after a time it becomes clear that it is spreading faster than they can ...
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How to live in an underground city?

A group of refugees (around 50) fled enemies in a land full of rock. Fortunately they found exactly what they needed: a small river falling into a deep and tight gorge. There is a network of caves ...
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A city to last ten million years: Location

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Second question: What would be the best choice of site on the planet's surface? Assume the planet is more or less Earthlike in its ...
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City in a hollow tree

As a tree grows new layers are added each year so that the trunk expands in radius. The living part of the tree is a relatively thin layer on the outside just beneath the bark, and the wood further ...
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I want a big city in the desert, what conditions make it possible?

Starting condition: I know how small cities form. It is mostly a trade center that requires an access to water and food. But some cities have more than 100 000+ people. Climate: It is in the desert, ...
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How to hide an underground city?

Related to my previous question : How to live in an underground city? The refugees managed to live in their underground city with the few resources they can find. They are prepared to fight if ...
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A city to last ten million years: Maintenance

See A city to last ten million years: Construction for background. Third question on Forevertown: What are the key issues for maintaining the physical infrastructure of a low-tech city over ten ...
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What considerations does a city built on an oceanic platform have to make?

In a world without enough land for a massive (and growing) population, but plenty of water surface, experimental cities have started to spring up along the edges of various continents. The first is a ...
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Cities in the trees

I'd like to tip my hat to this week's fortnightly challenge with this question. In a world I'm currently developing, I have a region that is dominated by trees that have developed a unique adaptation ...
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Would a medieval Arcology be possible?

In a barren desert, 5 cities called the desert pearls are placed like pearls on a string. Travel between the cities are done with huge pack animals who looks like a breed between elephant (mammoth) ...
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Using magnetic repulsion to build zombie-proof building

There has been much thought on how to create a zombie-proof building but I think I have this figured out. I propose a building that covers an area of about one city block, so: 264 x 900 ft, that ...
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Designing a map for a fictional city

I am in the process of beginning to write a fictional book. The book will be set on present day Earth however I want there to be a fictional city. In my head, I have decided the name, that there ...
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How do you simulate the organic growth of a city when designing it?

Most cities don't just spring into existence, they aren't planned to be the way they are (there are a few exceptions, see Milton Keynes in England for example) but grow organically over time. However ...
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How would a city styled like Venice be built with lava instead of water?

Imagine a Venice like city, but instead of water, it had lava/magma flowing through it. Would this be possible? Materials? Society changes?
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How to build a city surrounded by giant spiders?

Tech level? Medieval. Magic? Yep. More specifically: using levitation. Forests surround my town, which is built in a wild forest on a river trade route to protect merchants. How would I build my ...
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What methods might an ancient civilization use to desalinate sea water?

Following on from my previous question here concerning the ancient civilization I have called the Androy and their struggle to survive terrible drought conditions on their planet. After years of ...
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The anatomy of Arcologies?

In my space-fantasy WIP I intend to make heavy use of Arcologies. But I don't have any real information on their layout or the "plumbing". Leading here me to look for answers. What are some likely ...
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A way of getting the water to the top of the tall building without electricity?

First, let me explain the situation. Post-apocalypse setting, a group of humans (let's say around a hundred of them) have to find safe places to live at, protected from animals, bandits, and other ...
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Food sources for an undergound city

Lets assume a city exists underground, either in natural caves or synthetic tunnels. Are there any food sources underground, and what kind of population can they support?
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A city of Sand…stone

Picture this...the sun sets over an orangish red desert, in the distance you see a town rising from three hills, a river snaking between them. The buildings rise from the hills and spread between ...
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What power generation method is the best to sustain a hovering city?

The Technology We're in the year 2250 on an Earth-like planet. All the space on the earth's surface has been used up by the population of 15 billion, so we're moving into the air. Cities, along with ...
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What should I consider in a society with basic unconditional income?

I'm creating a city of about 200 000 people in a nation equivalent to a modern western nation, like Germany, France or the United States. Strong economy and a calm society, but still a conspicuous ...
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What factors determine how tall the buildings in a city will be?

What are the conditions that determine the types of buildings that will be dominant in a city (e.g. skyscrapers, several-story buildings, houses, etc.)? I guess these conditions include history (how ...